Principal designers

Key duty as a client

If you don’t appoint a principal designer or principal contractor you will be responsible for the things that they should have done.

principal designer role
  • Plan, manage, monitor and coordinate health and safety in the pre-construction phase
  • Help and advise the client in bringing together pre-construction information
  • Provide the information designers and contractors need to carry out their duties
  • Work with any other designers on the project to eliminate foreseeable health and safety risks 
  • Where risks cannot be eliminated, take steps to reduce or control those risks
  • Ensure that everyone involved in the pre-construction phase communicates and cooperates, coordinating their work wherever required
  • Liaise with the principal contractor, keeping them informed of any risks that need to be controlled during the construction phase

We are appointed by the client to take control of the pre-construction phase of any project involving more than one contractor under Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015

As principal designers we have an important role in influencing how risks to health and safety are managed throughout a project. Design decisions made during the pre-construction phase have a significant influence in ensuring the project is delivered in a way that secures the health and safety of everyone affected by the work.

Failing to comply with CDM 2015 means that your project could be putting workers and others at risk of harm, and that the finished structure may not achieve good standards and be value for money. In the event of any more serious breaches of health and safety legislation on your construction project could result in construction work being stopped by HSE or your local authority and additional work may be needed to put things right. In the most serious circumstances, you could be prosecuted. 

Principal designer by Ian Bridge Consultancy